Average prairie 18 holer
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Pros: It's 18 holes. The mach 5 baskets are in good shape and catch nicely. Tee pads are gravel and are somewhat slick. I prefer just grass pads over gravel anyday. The signs are very nice. They have a colorful basic hole layout map with hole #, par and distances on them. All signs were present as well. Fairways were well mowed when i was there.Theres a good variety of different distances on this course. They range from 114 feet on hole eighteen to 478 feet on hole 8. The wind makes for the biggest challenge on this course by far. The short wooded tunnel shot on 18 feels out of place compared to the rest of the course but offers an easy ace opportunity to finish the round. Theres a very nice course map right at the begining of the course near hole 1. This is always nice to have, especially on 18 hole courses. Even without the map, navigation is not a problem at all. Course wouldn't seem to be too busy ever which is nice.
Cons: Hole number 1 is a blind dogleg right. I would recommend a spotter on this hole. We found a disc in the rough and spent about ten or fifteen minutes looking for my throw. The rough on the whole course is just ridiculous. Even on straight on shots you will spend time searching for discs even if you thought you saw where it landed. There just isn't much variety due to the land. Theres not much you can do on these prairie courses. Again the gravel tees are dangerous if you do any kind of run up.
Other Thoughts: Overall if you are in the area its worth a visit for one round. However these open prairie courses just don't offer much challenge. I gave it a 2.5 which may be a little generous. With it being 18 holes i felt it was at least decent. Nothing special about it though. Just a typical prairie course.
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Another Prairie Style Course
Pros: 1) Nice new baskets.
2) UPDATE: NICE BRAND NEW TEE SIGN AT THE FIRST TEE AND VERY NICE TEE SIGNS AT EACH TEEBOX. THEY HAVE NICE PICTURES THAT ARE FAIRLY ACCURATE TO THE MOWED FAIRWAYS AND CERTAIN KEY TREES. THEY ALSO HAVE THE DISTANCE LISTED AS WELL AS THE NEXT TEE ARROW.
3) Flow through this course is pretty easy as the mowed fairway shows you your line. Then from the basket you can follow the mowed path to the next tee and so on and so forth.
4) Elevation changes and rolling prairie are the signature of this course. The wind is an added challenge because of the current setup of this course. Some of the holes go across the wind and some are into and some downwind.
5) Although inconsistant to the rest of the course is #18. It finishes with a 120' tunnel shot with a low ceiling. Get out your putter or mid range and throw at your ace!!!!
6) Some of the slopes around the greens or on the fairways may create a harder shot than you want. If you happen to land in the tall rough. You will have a hard time with a runup so get used to flat footed approaches.
Cons: 1) Loose gravel is horrible. It is better to tee off on the grassy areas. They are mounded and loose creating a hazardous situation. The gravel is too coarse and will never pack well because there isn't enough fine material in the mix. I would rather have seen some excavation done first so the gravel isn't higher than the soil. Then put in 1/4" traffic bond (crushed limestone) because it will pack pretty tight. Now if they use the gravel to pour concrete or asphalt they will also have to slope the soil around the tees. Better planning would have had excavation first then adding gravel. Those could always be upgraded to concrete whenever money was available. UPDATE: Gravel seems to have set fairly well . . . although a few of hem have little ruts or low spots, the gravel has compacted pretty well . . . so it seems like i played it right after the gravel was installed initially.
2) Not enough trees on the property. They have been putting some in to help define some of the fairways, but I wish they could have worked the course closer to the mature Oaks at the northend of the property just to have a little variety.
3) No water to speak of and no wooded holes only a couple baskets tucked underneath or slightly in front of large Oaks or Willows.
Other Thoughts: Normally I don't like the open prairie style courses, but this course has some real punishing rough. You really want to try and keep it on the fairways as opposed to taking the shortcuts on some of these holes. That makes this course better than expected. The wind also really contributes to the difficulty on this course. I can't think it would ever be calm out there because it is kind of set into a valley and has at least 1/2 mile of wide open prairie to its west (where the prevailing wind would come from).
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